Addressing Concerns About Business School

Good news! The following concerns about business school are just that: concerns.

Concern 1: Business school is too expensive, especially in an uncertain economy

Consider these statistics:

  • 92% of 2012 alumni had a job within three months of graduation, and three-quarters said their graduate business degree was essential for obtaining that job.
  • Classes of 2000—2012 alumni consistently recovered their full investment in graduate business school four years after graduation, on average.*

Concern 2: I need a high GMAT score to get into a competitive program

Most business schools consider your entire application, not just your GMAT score. Of course, if you're not satisfied with your score, you can retake the exam – just follow the strategies in Study Smart for Your Best GMAT Exam and Test Taking Strategies.

Concern 3: My undergrad record is weak and will prevent me from getting into a good business school

Your previous academic record is considered along with your GPA and GMAT score. If you think your undergraduate record does not accurately reflect your academic ability, be sure to explain why. 

Concern 4: I don’t have the time or energy that business school demands

There are actually many program options that you can choose from to fit your lifestyle, from an intense, one-year program to a part-time program. Learn more about the business school experience from current MBA students.

Concern 5: I should wait until I am absolutely sure of my future career plans before applying to business school

The management and quantitative skills you’ll acquire in business school are in high demand. Learn more from employers about the skills companies seek.


 *GMAC (2012). Global Management Education Graduate Survey Report. Reston, VA: GMAC.

**GMAC (2012). Alumni Perspectives Survey Report. Reston, VA: GMAC.

***GMAC (2012) Application Trends Survey Report. Reston, VA: GMAC.

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